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Molly Tuttle|City of Gold

City of Gold

Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway

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The follow-up to 2022's excellent, Grammy-winning album Crooked Tree, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway's latest continues the youthful, feminine-but-not-girly bluegrass thread woven by Alison Krauss and Sara Watkin; it would be wrong to call Tuttle's femininity incidental. It's fascinating to hear a woman's point of view about the butch and burly California gold rush, as on "El Dorado." "I'm Gold Rush Kate from the Golden State/ With a nugget around my neck/ I keep the red lights burning bright/ from here to Hell and back," she sings against fleet banjo, clear-as-a-bell dobro and her own spirited guitar; it's true-blue mountain music recast for dusty goldfields. Tuttle also celebrates her home state on "San Joaquin," a spritely number about riding the rails out west written with Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor, a frequent collaborator on City of Gold. Loose and meandering in a comfortable way, "Yosemite" is inspired by Tuttle's true story of taking a cross-country road trip with her partner and breaking up along the way: "When all that remains is the gas in the tank/ The tread on the tires/ What's left in the bank," she sings alongside duet partner Dave Matthews. There's what Tuttle calls "a love song about death" (ballad "When My Race Is Run") about wanting a romance so big it carries over to the afterlife and one about falling in love with yourself: the Jerry Jeff Walker-esque "The First Time I Fell in Love," which finds Tuttle delivering a quick tongue-twister ("topsy-turvy wild and whirly in a hurry full of worry roller coaster ride"). "Next Rodeo'' is a cowgirl romp, "Down Home Dispensary"—a plea to Tennessee legislators to legalize marijuana—turns on the boogie-woogie charm, and "More Like a River" flirts with a gentle jug-band melody. Stomper "Alice in the Bluegrass" reorients Alice in Wonderland in a backwoods country setting. Erie, swampy-sounding "Stranger Things" showcases band member Bronwyn Keith-Hynes' keening fiddle alongside hummingbird dobro by bluegrass legend Jerry Douglas, who also produced the record. And it's a bracingly cold creekwater shock to hear Tuttle spin the gothic tale of "Goodbye Mary," a ballad about a man encouraging his girl to cause a miscarriage she doesn't want. It all leads to her death which, viewed through a modern lens and told by a woman, feels like a frightening survey of a post-Dobbs world. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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1
El Dorado
00:04:23

Jerry Douglas, Producer - Sean Sullivan, MixingEngineer, TrackingEngineer - Ketch Secor, Writer - Dominick Leslie, Mandolin - Paul Blakemore, MasteringEngineer - Shelby Means, Harmony Vocals, Bass - Clint Holley, Vinyl Mastering Engineer - Molly Tuttle, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Harmony Vocals, Fiddle - Kyle Tuttle, Banjo, Harmony Vocals - David Paulin, AssistantEngineer - Golden Highway, MainArtist

© 2023 Molly Tuttle, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Molly Tuttle under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

2
Where Did All the Wild Things Go?
00:03:58

Jerry Douglas, Producer - Sean Sullivan, MixingEngineer, TrackingEngineer - Ketch Secor, Writer - Dominick Leslie, Mandolin - Paul Blakemore, MasteringEngineer - Shelby Means, Harmony Vocals, Bass - Clint Holley, Vinyl Mastering Engineer - Molly Tuttle, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Harmony Vocals, Fiddle - Kyle Tuttle, Banjo, Harmony Vocals - David Paulin, AssistantEngineer - Golden Highway, MainArtist

© 2023 Molly Tuttle, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Molly Tuttle under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

3
San Joaquin
00:02:37

Jerry Douglas, Producer, Dobro - Sean Sullivan, MixingEngineer, TrackingEngineer - Ketch Secor, Writer - Dominick Leslie, Mandolin - Paul Blakemore, MasteringEngineer - Shelby Means, Harmony Vocals, Bass - Clint Holley, Vinyl Mastering Engineer - Molly Tuttle, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Harmony Vocals, Fiddle - Kyle Tuttle, Banjo, Harmony Vocals - David Paulin, AssistantEngineer - Golden Highway, MainArtist

© 2023 Molly Tuttle, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Molly Tuttle under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

4
Yosemite (feat. Dave Matthews)
00:03:10

Jerry Douglas, Producer - DAVE MATTHEWS, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sean Sullivan, MixingEngineer, TrackingEngineer - Ketch Secor, Writer - Dominick Leslie, Mandolin - Paul Blakemore, MasteringEngineer - Shelby Means, Harmony Vocals, Bass - Clint Holley, Vinyl Mastering Engineer - Molly Tuttle, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Harmony Vocals, Fiddle - Kyle Tuttle, Banjo, Harmony Vocals - David Paulin, AssistantEngineer - Golden Highway, MainArtist

© 2023 Molly Tuttle, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Molly Tuttle under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

5
Next Rodeo
00:03:47

Jerry Douglas, Producer - Sean Sullivan, MixingEngineer, TrackingEngineer - Ketch Secor, Writer - Dominick Leslie, Mandolin - Paul Blakemore, MasteringEngineer - Shelby Means, Writer, Harmony Vocals, Bass - Clint Holley, Vinyl Mastering Engineer - Molly Tuttle, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Harmony Vocals, Fiddle - Kyle Tuttle, Banjo, Harmony Vocals - Melody Walker, Writer - David Paulin, AssistantEngineer - Golden Highway, MainArtist - Jordan Perlsan, Drums

© 2023 Molly Tuttle, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Molly Tuttle under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

6
When My Race Is Run
00:04:22

Jerry Douglas, Producer - Sean Sullivan, MixingEngineer, TrackingEngineer - Ketch Secor, Writer - Dominick Leslie, Mandolin - Paul Blakemore, MasteringEngineer - Shelby Means, Harmony Vocals, Bass - Clint Holley, Vinyl Mastering Engineer - Molly Tuttle, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Harmony Vocals, Fiddle - Kyle Tuttle, Banjo, Harmony Vocals - David Paulin, AssistantEngineer - Golden Highway, MainArtist

© 2023 Molly Tuttle, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Molly Tuttle under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

7
Alice in the Bluegrass
00:04:04

Jerry Douglas, Producer - Sean Sullivan, MixingEngineer, TrackingEngineer - Ketch Secor, Writer - Dominick Leslie, Mandolin - Paul Blakemore, MasteringEngineer - Shelby Means, Harmony Vocals, Bass - Clint Holley, Vinyl Mastering Engineer - Molly Tuttle, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Harmony Vocals, Fiddle - Kyle Tuttle, Banjo, Harmony Vocals - David Paulin, AssistantEngineer - Golden Highway, MainArtist

© 2023 Molly Tuttle, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Molly Tuttle under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

8
Stranger Things
00:04:01

Jerry Douglas, Producer, Dobro - Sean Sullivan, MixingEngineer, TrackingEngineer - Ketch Secor, Writer - Dominick Leslie, Mandolin - Paul Blakemore, MasteringEngineer - Shelby Means, Harmony Vocals, Bass - Clint Holley, Vinyl Mastering Engineer - Molly Tuttle, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Harmony Vocals, Fiddle - Kyle Tuttle, Banjo, Harmony Vocals - David Paulin, AssistantEngineer - Golden Highway, MainArtist

© 2023 Molly Tuttle, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Molly Tuttle under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

9
Down Home Dispensary
00:02:42

Jerry Douglas, Producer - Sean Sullivan, MixingEngineer, TrackingEngineer - Ketch Secor, Writer - Dominick Leslie, Mandolin - Paul Blakemore, MasteringEngineer - Shelby Means, Harmony Vocals, Bass - Mason Via, Writer - Clint Holley, Vinyl Mastering Engineer - Molly Tuttle, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Harmony Vocals, Fiddle - Kyle Tuttle, Banjo, Harmony Vocals - David Paulin, AssistantEngineer - Golden Highway, MainArtist

© 2023 Molly Tuttle, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Molly Tuttle under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

10
More Like a River
00:02:57

Jerry Douglas, Producer - Sean Sullivan, MixingEngineer, TrackingEngineer - Ketch Secor, Writer - Dominick Leslie, Mandolin - Paul Blakemore, MasteringEngineer - Shelby Means, Harmony Vocals, Bass - Clint Holley, Vinyl Mastering Engineer - Molly Tuttle, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Harmony Vocals, Fiddle - Kyle Tuttle, Banjo, Harmony Vocals - David Paulin, AssistantEngineer - Golden Highway, MainArtist

© 2023 Molly Tuttle, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Molly Tuttle under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

11
Goodbye Mary
00:04:12

Jerry Douglas, Producer, Dobro - Sean Sullivan, MixingEngineer, TrackingEngineer - Ketch Secor, Writer - Dominick Leslie, Mandolin - Paul Blakemore, MasteringEngineer - Shelby Means, Harmony Vocals, Bass - Clint Holley, Vinyl Mastering Engineer - Molly Tuttle, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Harmony Vocals, Fiddle - Kyle Tuttle, Banjo, Harmony Vocals - David Paulin, AssistantEngineer - Golden Highway, MainArtist

© 2023 Molly Tuttle, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Molly Tuttle under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

12
Evergreen, OK
00:02:53

Jerry Douglas, Producer - Sean Sullivan, MixingEngineer, TrackingEngineer - Ketch Secor, Writer - Dominick Leslie, Mandolin - Paul Blakemore, MasteringEngineer - Shelby Means, Harmony Vocals, Bass - Clint Holley, Vinyl Mastering Engineer - Molly Tuttle, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Harmony Vocals, Fiddle - Kyle Tuttle, Banjo, Harmony Vocals - David Paulin, AssistantEngineer - Golden Highway, MainArtist

© 2023 Molly Tuttle, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Molly Tuttle under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

13
The First Time I Fell in Love
00:03:53

Jerry Douglas, Producer - Sean Sullivan, MixingEngineer, TrackingEngineer - Ketch Secor, Writer - Dominick Leslie, Mandolin - Paul Blakemore, MasteringEngineer - Shelby Means, Harmony Vocals, Bass - Clint Holley, Vinyl Mastering Engineer - Molly Tuttle, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Harmony Vocals, Fiddle - Kyle Tuttle, Banjo, Harmony Vocals - David Paulin, AssistantEngineer - Golden Highway, MainArtist

© 2023 Molly Tuttle, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Molly Tuttle under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

Album review

The follow-up to 2022's excellent, Grammy-winning album Crooked Tree, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway's latest continues the youthful, feminine-but-not-girly bluegrass thread woven by Alison Krauss and Sara Watkin; it would be wrong to call Tuttle's femininity incidental. It's fascinating to hear a woman's point of view about the butch and burly California gold rush, as on "El Dorado." "I'm Gold Rush Kate from the Golden State/ With a nugget around my neck/ I keep the red lights burning bright/ from here to Hell and back," she sings against fleet banjo, clear-as-a-bell dobro and her own spirited guitar; it's true-blue mountain music recast for dusty goldfields. Tuttle also celebrates her home state on "San Joaquin," a spritely number about riding the rails out west written with Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor, a frequent collaborator on City of Gold. Loose and meandering in a comfortable way, "Yosemite" is inspired by Tuttle's true story of taking a cross-country road trip with her partner and breaking up along the way: "When all that remains is the gas in the tank/ The tread on the tires/ What's left in the bank," she sings alongside duet partner Dave Matthews. There's what Tuttle calls "a love song about death" (ballad "When My Race Is Run") about wanting a romance so big it carries over to the afterlife and one about falling in love with yourself: the Jerry Jeff Walker-esque "The First Time I Fell in Love," which finds Tuttle delivering a quick tongue-twister ("topsy-turvy wild and whirly in a hurry full of worry roller coaster ride"). "Next Rodeo'' is a cowgirl romp, "Down Home Dispensary"—a plea to Tennessee legislators to legalize marijuana—turns on the boogie-woogie charm, and "More Like a River" flirts with a gentle jug-band melody. Stomper "Alice in the Bluegrass" reorients Alice in Wonderland in a backwoods country setting. Erie, swampy-sounding "Stranger Things" showcases band member Bronwyn Keith-Hynes' keening fiddle alongside hummingbird dobro by bluegrass legend Jerry Douglas, who also produced the record. And it's a bracingly cold creekwater shock to hear Tuttle spin the gothic tale of "Goodbye Mary," a ballad about a man encouraging his girl to cause a miscarriage she doesn't want. It all leads to her death which, viewed through a modern lens and told by a woman, feels like a frightening survey of a post-Dobbs world. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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